A Time to Tear Down and a Time to Build Up

A Rereading of Ecclesiastes

By Michael V. Fox

A Time to Tear Down and a Time to Build Up

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  • ISBN: 9781608994960
  • Pages: 440
  • Publication Date: 4/1/2010
  • Retail Price: $50.00
Web Price: $40.00
Web Price: $40.00

A Time to Tear Down and a Time to Build Up

A Rereading of Ecclesiastes

By Michael V. Fox

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781608994960
  • Pages: 440
  • Publication Date: 4/1/2010
  • Retail Price: $50.00
Web Price: $40.00

Endorsements & Reviews-

"A sparkling study. . . . Fox's rereading of Qoheleth is priceless."
-- Roland E. Murphy

"Michael Fox's new book is a rare sort of close reading and reflection on a classic text. His insistence on maintaining both sides of Qohelet's dialectic of 'Yes' and 'No' is a great aid to all lovers of this profound book. With Camus at his side, Fox uses the text to examine the question of meaning in the light (or dark) of injustice, folly, calamity, and death. In his rereading, Ecclesiastes dismantles the proud towers of human certainty, only to rebuild on humbler, more local ground."
-- Raymond C. Van Leeuwen, Eastern College

"Fox's sustained engagement with Ecclesiastes in the context of ancient wisdom, on which he is a significant interpreter, has enabled him to write a brilliant analysis of Qoheleth's thought and a valuable commentary that no specialist in this area dare ignore. This book will occupy a prominent place on my desk."
-- James L. Crenshaw, Duke University

"Already established as one of the foremost interpreters of Hebrew wisdom literature, Fox presents a powerfully persuasive reading of the book of Ecclesiastes. Though enigmatic, Ecclesiastes, with its focus on life's 'absurdities,' is certainly one of the most relevant of the ancient writings of the Hebrew Bible. I recommend Fox's work for all serious Bible readers."
-- Tremper Longman III, Westmont College

"This book is a masterpiece of (post)modern interpretation of an ancient literary work."
-- Johann Cook, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

"Eminently readable and insightful. Fox has considerably clarified and strengthened the influential theses set forth in his other writings with characteristic erudition and wit. This will be an indispensable book for anyone who is interested in the interpretation of Ecclesiastes."
-- Choon-Leong Seow, Princeton Theology Seminary

Contributors-

Michael V. Fox

Bio(s)-

Michael V. Fox is the Weinstein-Bascom Professor in Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His other books include The Song of Songs and the Ancient Egyptian Love Songs and His Contradictions.

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